Gossamer - Passion Pit
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    80
    Though the environment that birthed the appropriately titled Gossamer may be a bummer, the end product is winningly majestic as it is obviously spun by the most malevolent of spiders.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Gossamer is still full of incredibly catchy choruses, dozens of layers of funky instrumental tracks, spazzy electronic flourishes and of course Michael Angelakos' sky-scraping falsetto. [Aug 2012, p.88]
  3. Jul 19, 2012
    60
    An impressive and varied second album, but one underpinned by noticeable troubles.
  4. It has clearly come from a very damaged part of Angelakos' psyche, but Gossamer is a step up in sophistication and songcraft, and one of the year's stronger pop albums.
  5. Jul 24, 2012
    85
    An album that required a painstaking process to complete but sounds infinitely effortless in its pop arrangements and flicked-off soul ruminations.
  6. Jul 23, 2012
    88
    The onetime bedroom artist now makes first-rate pop anthems, gleaming rocketships of sound that wouldn't sound out of place on the radio next to Rihanna or Nicki Minaj. The tone might seem out of step with the lyrics, but it speaks to a certain resilience.
  7. Jul 24, 2012
    60
    Guaranteed to make you cry sugar-coated tears or vomit Care Bears depending on your tastes.
  8. Jul 26, 2012
    80
    The end result is an infectious pop album every bit as bright and dreamy as Manners yet far more straight-up, dark, honest and vulnerable.
  9. 70
    Gossamer's X-ray confessionals offer just enough intrigue to ignore its faults.
  10. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    While this second album seems genuine, and at times very good, it just doesn't excite and satisfy in quite the same way as the spontaneous creativity of the debut. 'Gossamer' is one giant juxtaposition that can't quite sit comfortably.
  11. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    While retaining this overactive production style, Angelakos manages to make Gossamer feel more effortlessly human, more like the self-realised artistic vision of an individual than Manners ever came close to being.
  12. 75
    If you can get behind all the cheery falsetto and high-on-life lyrics, their shiny, Flaming Lips-y thing works. [3 Aug 2012, p.74]
  13. Jul 25, 2012
    78
    It is both heart-wrenchingly introspective and jubilant.
  14. Jul 20, 2012
    30
    This wet blanket is a sheer bore. [No.89, p.57]
  15. Jul 26, 2012
    80
    It is a modern pop record to be cherished.
  16. 80
    One quibble is that Gossamer never really comes down off its Haribo rush, which gets exhausting. That said, when they do ease up, as on the boudoir-funk 'Constant Conversations', it resembles the two-a-penny synthpop that clogs the blogosphere.
  17. Aug 8, 2012
    80
    The music shines brighter than most of his pop contemporaries. In fact, the album is so successful on this level that I could choose any given song and laud it as one of the best tracks on the album.
  18. Aug 9, 2012
    80
    It's an extraordinarily consistent pop album.
  19. Jul 24, 2012
    84
    Passion Pit is only getting better.
  20. Jul 23, 2012
    84
    Anyone can manufacture hope through a slogan, but there's an empathy and humanity that simply can't be faked as Angelakos tries to figure out how to stay atop his life. It's hard to think of a more noble goal for a pop album.
  21. Jul 25, 2012
    60
    It's as scrappy, outsize, and infectious as anyone could hope for, and as shrill and cloying as anyone could expect.
  22. Jul 23, 2012
    80
    At its best Gossamer is, like its namesake, delicate at first glance but possessed of incredible molecular strength.
  23. Aug 2, 2012
    40
    Gossamer's a pleasant listen, but since when has that been enough? [Aug 2012, p.108]
  24. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    Their second disc is roomier and more varied.
  25. Jul 20, 2012
    50
    Gossamer is true to its name: colorless and precariously thin, with precious few bright spots.
  26. Aug 14, 2012
    50
    You're being pulled close, but thoughtlessly, reflexively. And you only feel further away.
  27. Jul 20, 2012
    80
    Gossamer is huge, bombastic, and all over the place, spraying synths and outsized choruses like confetti over some deranged future-pop festival.
  28. Jul 24, 2012
    91
    Despite the emphasis on struggle, Gossamer couldn't sound more assured.
  29. Jul 19, 2012
    88
    The revelation in Gossamer is Angelakos's inner voice.
  30. Jul 20, 2012
    40
    Grand and grizzling, 'Gossamer' begs for adoration, but too often leaves an uncomfortably bittersweet aftertaste.
  31. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    A big moment is the ethereal R&B pastiche Constant Conversations, with Swedish a cappella trio Erato, but there are virtually no duds here.
  32. Gossamer is hard to fault, besides the fact that it's more of the same.
  33. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    "Gossamer" opens up the music and lets it breathe. For all the artificial splendor, there's clearly a very human, very troubled voice at the center of these songs.
  34. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    Gossamer has enough going on musically to shift the focus away from the occasionally mawkish lyrics.
  35. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Luckily they are one of the few bands with stadium heft and the tunes to pull it off, rendering their big-heartedness euphorically justified. [Aug 2012, p.78]
  36. Jul 26, 2012
    80
    Passion Pit finds the perfect balance of being risky while still being lighthearted.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Aug 18, 2012
    10
    Passion Pit's best! This album really rocks! This gotta have to be in the best albums of 2012! Alonh with Lana del rey's Born to Die and Kimbra's Vows! Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    10
    Superbe album de Passion Pit ! ideal pour partir en vacances c'est frais et joyeux!
    Je le trouve encore meilleur que manners.Un de mes albums
    preferé de l'année!!! Full Review »
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    9
    I have been waiting for new music from Passion Pit for what seems now like decades. Well, not exactly its only been three years. But memories of sitting on a carpeted floor, half-passed out in some either drug or alcohol induced trance at a friends house during my junior year of college seem too far gone.However, I can still feel the lollapalooza of emotion rush over my body with excitement and shear happiness upon my ears first introduction to the song Sleepy Head. As the high pitched sample in the background laid a base of enchantment accompanied by lead singer Michael Angelakos equally ear shattering high pitched voice I would automatically thrash my head around. A smooth mix of gleaming bells, a strong kick of drum. and more synth than you can shake a stick at (whatever that means) to boot. Ahhhhhhhh, memories. Before it was used in like a thousand commercials. The new album, Gossamer, carries on the high level of synth induced uplifted-ness and wonderment. However, there might not be a song on it that reaches the extreme peak of SleepyHead, though many of the tracks come dangerously close. The one that comes the closest is Mirrored Sea which feels like your stuck inside a vintage Japanese video game, trapped in a fast paced,triangular rocketship blasting through a 16 bit universe. Or like playing that ninja game in SCOTT PILGRIM running in place in ninjastance en route to fight evil forces. Not to say Mirrored Sea is necessarily the standout song of the album as this poppy hit riddled 12 track album is full of musical aptitude. My favorite is Constant Conversations which might as well be categorized as R&B will its mellow groove, possible moog created baseline, pizzicato strings, electronic creamy rhodes, and a few accenting piano keys drifting downward to emphasize the romantic beauty-scape. However, the lyrics sound like more of a doubting in the realness of the words being said to and from those in relationships, he might even be drunk in the first verse. Actually, if you listen closely for an indie/synthpop album the topics and overall feel of the lyrics of this album are against the pop grain. While happy, upbeat notes are struck strategically in the background, in the foreground Angelakos is dealing mostly with pain, struggle, fears, anxiety of losing control, and the true meaning of love which is greed. The latter is actually the name of a song called, of course, Love is Greed. "If we really love ourselves/ how can you love somebody else," Angelakos sings to depict the selfishness in wanting to have ownership over another person. My ears are happy again especially since MGMT's second album Congratulations was a bit of a let down. And not to mention its been 8 years since Empire of the Sun's Walking on a Dream was released. I would definitely say that Gossamer is a positive progression on Passion Pit's behalf and I'm proud to see them grow with out loosing their touch. Second albums are such critical moments in a bands career as high expectations can cause crippling results in direction of music as well as reception. Luckily, Passion Pit has passed the test. If anything the title GOSSAMER makes a mockery of such an opposed, strong album. Full Review »